How plants and flowers can improve the air quality of your home

When we think of pollution we think of the air that surrounds us, but we seldom think of the air that populates the home. Sadly, pollution of the air in the home is certainly real and it can ultimately prove damaging to your health. From in-house dust to volatile chemicals, along with everything that comes in-between, it is all regularly present and it can all be harmful. However, should you wish to combat these nasty chemicals help is a lot closer than you think. Houseplants and flowers may look great, but they can do much more than just be easy on the eye. When it comes to combating airborne nasties, they can prove to be priceless. If your home is feeling a little stuffy and you fancy improving is air quality, keep the following flowers and houseplants in mind.


Peace Lily

Who says you need an air purifier when you can just place a peace lily inside your home instead? This flower is a symbol of evergreen beauty and is known to be very easy to care for. Because of this, it also makes it perfect for those who don’t have the proverbial “Green Thumb”. Requiring little water and sunlight to prosper, they can be placed into any room in the home and have good chance of long-term survival. Speaking on the air purification aspects of peace lilies, a NASA study showed that it was the most effective plant when it came removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air around you.


Its name may be a bit of a mouthful, but the plant sometimes listed as ‘Hardy Garden Mum’ or ‘Florist’s Daisy’ is much more than just a name. Another popular plant, a chrysanthemum it requires a little more tender loving care than the aforementioned peace lily. When it receives due attention it can bloom in beautiful fashion, but its beauty is deceiving. This is because it has serious air purification qualities that can have positive respiratory effects, as it will remove ammonia, xylene, benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air.

Flamingo Lily

The second lily to appear on this list and one that carries just as much beauty and brawn as the first. The flamingo lily gets its name due to its bright leaves and fiery red nature, but as the NASA Clean Air Study proved, this plant can work wonders in purifying the air within the home. As far as airborne nasties are concerned, it can tackle toluene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene better than almost any other plant available.

Barberton Daisy

The final flower on this list may be lightweight in appearance, but don’t be fooled, as it packs a hefty punch when it comes to air purification. Originally from the far reaches of Eastern Africa, the Barberton daisy is now exported all around the globe. What makes this flower extra special is that not only is it beautiful, but it can cleanse the air, removing any remnants of trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene from within it.

How plants and flowers can improve the air quality of your home was last modified: August 1st, 2016 by Todd

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